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  • Pope and Pedophilia—the Plain Truth

    03/22/2010 7:41:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies · 690+ views
    The Trumpet ^ | 3/22/10 | Ron Fraser
    Currently there’s a great hue and cry emanating from the world press in relation to Pope Benedict xvi’s reaction—or rather perceived lack of reaction—to the publicity being given to pedophilia charges brought against certain priests in Europe. The loudest clamor surrounds cases in Germany, particularly in Benedict’s old diocese of Freiburg, Bavaria. Nothing justifies anything but absolute condemnation of the abuse of priestly office. But what is really behind this latest outcry against the Catholic Church and its spiritual leader? Dig behind the headlines and you see an agenda. It’s an agenda driven by fear of the rising power of...
  • Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal: Time to Sack Trendy Bishops and Restore The Faith

    03/22/2010 8:13:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 497+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/22/10 | Gerald Warner
    It has become fashionable to claim that the sex abuse scandal currently afflicting the Catholic Church is “its biggest crisis since the Reformation”. Oh, really? Tell me about it. The abuse issue is just a small part of the much larger crisis that has engulfed the Church since the Second Vatican Catastrophe and which is more serious than the Reformation. Abolish clerical celibacy? The last thing a priest abusing altar boys needs or wants is a wife. There is no compulsory celibacy in the Church of England, but that has not prevented vicars and boy scouts furnishing gratifying amounts of...
  • Pope Benedict accused of ignoring abuse allegations against Hullerman

    03/21/2010 7:14:31 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 86 replies · 968+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 21st 2010 | John Follain and Bojan Pancevski
    NOT long after a portly, jovial priest in the German industrial city of Essen was accused of sexually abusing three boys in 1979, he was offered a new home in Munich by Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. Ratzinger, who was Archbishop of Munich and Freising at the time, wanted Father Peter Hullermann — known to friends in the church as “Hulli” — to undergo psychotherapy. A psychiatrist quickly concluded that Hullermann was untreatable, however. “I told the church officials that Hullermann must never be allowed to work with children again,” said Werner Huth, the psychiatrist, in an interview...
  • Pope does not mention rebuke to Irish bishops

    03/21/2010 6:45:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 432+ views
    post ^ | March 21, 2010
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI is urging Catholics to be intransigent toward sin but not to judge the sinner. The pontiff addressed pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday but didn't mention his rebuke to Irish bishops a day earlier for their handling of decades of clergy sexual abuse of minors. He told English-speaking pilgrims they should humbly beg forgiveness for their own failings. Benedict read the Gospel passage about Jesus' inviting those without sin to cast the first stone toward an adulterer. In his letter made public Saturday by the Vatican, Benedict said Irish bishops made grave errors...
  • Vatican hit by gay sex scandal

    03/05/2010 9:49:59 AM PST · by Cardhu · 128 replies · 2,838+ views
    Guardian ^ | March 4th 2010 | John Hooper in Romei
    Vatican chorister sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for papal gentleman-in-waiting. The Vatican was today rocked by a sex scandal reaching into Pope Benedict's household after a chorister was sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, was caught by police on a wiretap allegedly negotiating with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29-year-old Vatican chorister, over the specific physical details of men he wanted brought to him. Transcripts in the possession of the Guardian suggest that numerous men may have been procured for Balducci, at least one of whom was studying for...
  • How to mark Benedict's fifth anniversary (Latin Mass in DC)

    02/24/2010 10:01:23 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 163+ views
    NCR ^ | February 24, 2010 | Dennis Coday
    Latin Mass at the National Shrine in April First such Mass at the shrine in nearly 45 years If you haven't yet settled on a way to mark the fifth anniversary of the pontificate Benedict XVI, and if you're in the Washington, D.C., area, you may want to check this out. The Paulus Institute, whose raison d'être is "for the propagation of sacred liturgy," announced today "the fifth anniversary of inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI will be commemorated in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington D.C. by a Pontifical Solemn...
  • With Pope Benedict XVI: At the Throne of Grace

    02/05/2010 3:55:48 AM PST · by mlizzy · 171+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 02-04-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
  • Pope confirms travel plans in blunt speech to British bishops

    02/01/2010 3:47:13 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 424+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 1, 2010 | Diogenes
    Pope Benedict XVI confirmed plans for his visit to Great Britain in September-- and offered some unusually blunt reflections on the situation facing the Church there-- in a February 1 address to a group of visiting British bishops. The Pope told the bishops, who were in Rome for their ad limina visit, that he looked forward to his trip to their country. Although he did not mention specific dates, informed Catholic sources in London have confirmed that the trip will take place in September. The Pontiff went on to say that the Church leadership in England and Wales "needs to...
  • Pope Benedict XVI: we must all go green to save the planet

    01/01/2010 1:45:09 PM PST · by TitansAFC · 124 replies · 3,299+ views
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | 1-1-10 | Nick Squires
    He said people needed to change how they live their lives and called for "ecological responsibility" to be taught in schools.....
  • Minsk suggests hosting first meeting of Orthodox, Catholic leaders

    12/02/2009 5:40:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies · 203+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/2/2009
    A senior Belarusian official invited the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Church leaders to have their first meeting in Belarus in efforts to end the 950-year schism. Speaking during an online news conference on Wednesday, Leonid Gulyako, an official in charge of religious and ethnicity affairs, said Belarus was an ideal place for the historic meeting. "In Belarus, the Orthodox Church has not distanced itself from the Catholic Church. A husband and wife in a family belonging to the two different religions is a common thing in Belarus," Gulyako said adding however that 85% of believers in the country are Orthodox...
  • Pope Benedict points to St. Augustine as source of unity with Orthodox

    09/04/2009 9:48:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 1,047+ views
    cna ^ | September 4, 2009
    St. Augustine of Hippo Rome, Italy, Sep 4, 2009 / 10:08 am (CNA).- In a letter he sent Thursday to Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity,  Pope Benedict XVI has underscored that the teachings of St. Augustine are a path seeking unity with the Orthodox. The message from the Pope was sent to Cardinal Kasper as the 11th Inter-Christian Symposium gathered in Rome. The meeting was organized by the Franciscan Institute of Spirituality of the Pontifical University Antonianum and the Aristotle Orthodox Theological Faculty of Thessalonica.In his message, the Holy Father expressed his gratitude...
  • Pope Benedict points to St. Monica as example of 'holy parent'

    08/30/2009 9:43:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 577+ views
    cna ^ | August 30, 2009
    Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 30, 2009 / 11:14 am (CNA).- At Sunday’s Angelus prayer in the courtyard of Castel Gandolfo’s apostolic palace, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the previous week’s liturgical memorial of St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine of Hippo and model and patron of Christian mothers. “Much is recounted about her in her son’s autobiography ‘The Confessions,’ a masterpiece among the most read works of all time,” Pope Benedict said. “There, we understand that St. Augustine imbibed the name of Jesus with maternal milk and was educated in the Christian religion by his mother, the principles of which...
  • Is Benedict in Favor of World Government?

    08/20/2009 12:30:40 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 705 replies · 6,201+ views
    First Things ^ | August 20, 2009 | Douglas A. Sylva
    As observers continue to decipher the meaning of Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, all appear to agree that the passage of note, the passage that may prove historic in its implications, is the one that is already becoming known as the “world political authority” paragraph: In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth....
  • Caritas In Veritate

    07/17/2009 6:31:35 PM PDT · by Misterioso · 1 replies · 236+ views
    A beginner's Guide to Freedom ^ | July 13, 2009 | Stephen Smith
    President Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI last week at the Vatican. During the meeting, the Pope provided the president with a copy of his new encyclical letter, Caritas In Veritate. Most of the press coverage has focused on the pro-life elements of the treatise and the obvious disagreements between the Church and President Obama over issues such as abortion and embryonic stem-cell research. But it should be noted that the Pope’s encyclical dedicates as much (if not more) time to the issues of globalization and the current economic crisis, and in this respect the Pope and the President are...
  • Morals, Markets, and the Pope (Does his encyclical desire the worldwide redistribution of wealth?)

    07/17/2009 5:16:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 417+ views
    The American ^ | 7/17/2009 | Joseph Loconte
    Adam Smith, 18th-century author of The Wealth of Nations, might easily be a struggling, under-employed hack in today’s cultural milieu. People are not interested in the “invisible hand” of self-interested capitalism. They want very visible hands—the big, boorish, bear claws of government—to fix the global economic crisis. Free markets are a fool’s errand, we are told, a playground for corporate predators. Into this cultural moment arrives the latest encyclical from Pope Benedict XVI, “Caritas in Veritate” (Charity in Truth). Its large themes are economic development, globalization, environmental protection, and the culture that promotes a more humane economic system. Anyone hoping...
  • Pope Benedict XVI taken to hospital after fall

    07/17/2009 1:24:58 AM PDT · by iowamark · 46 replies · 1,815+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, July 17, 2009 | AP
    VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican spokesman says Pope Benedict XVI has been taken to a hospital in northern Italy after slipping and falling during his vacation in the Alps. The Rev. Federico Lombardi says Benedict "slipped and got hurt" but that "it doesn't seem to be serious."... The ANSA news agency reported that Benedict walked into the hospital with an aide.
  • Pope Benedict XVI sacks two Vatican officials over Holocaust-denying bishop fiasco

    07/09/2009 12:23:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies · 791+ views
    London Daily Mail ^ | 07/09/2009 | Simon Caldwell
    Pope Benedict XVI has sacked two Vatican officials over the readmission of a British Holocaust-denying bishop to the Roman Catholic Church. He also abolished the Vatican department responsible for the lifting of the excommunication of Richard Williamson, who is one of the leaders of the Society of St Pius X. The rehabilitation, in January, threatened to undo decades of work to heal rifts between Catholics and Jews. The German-born Pope was forced to apologise to Jewish leaders and atoned by visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel in May. The incident made Pope Benedict, one of the most admired...
  • Caritas In Veritate (Pope Benedict XVI Encyclical) [Cath/Orth Caucus]

    07/08/2009 4:01:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 380+ views
    Vatican Website ^ | June 29, 2009 | Pope Benedict XVI
    ENCYCLICAL LETTERCARITAS IN VERITATE OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF BENEDICT XVI TO THE BISHOPS PRIESTS AND DEACONS MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS THE LAY FAITHFUL AND ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL ON INTEGRAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN CHARITY AND TRUTHINTRODUCTION1. Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity. Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace. It is...
  • Best Pro-Life Quotes from Pope Benedict XVI's New Encyclical

    07/08/2009 9:20:38 AM PDT · by topher · 4 replies · 769+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | July 8, 2009 | Compiled by John-Henry Westen
    Tuesday July 7, 2009 Best Pro-Life Quotes from Pope Benedict XVI's New Encyclical In new encyclical Pope Benedict slams population control, urges openness to life Compiled by John-Henry Westen   ROME, Italy, July 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Today the much-anticipated social encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate (Truth in Love) was released, after being delayed for a year due to the global economic crisis. The encyclical includes several passages of great interest to those involved in the pro-life movement. The most pertinent and striking passages dealing with the life issues are reproduced below. To read the complete...
  • Pope Benedict clears way for Cardinal John Newman to become first English saint in 40 years

    07/03/2009 8:10:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies · 528+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | July 3, 2009 | Simon Caldwell
    Pope Benedict XVI today announced the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman. The declaration means that the Anglican vicar, who shocked Victorian England by converting to Catholicism, will be given the title 'Blessed'. It also puts Newman just one stage away from becoming the first English saint in about 40 years.